Favorite bands :
Guns N Roses; Iron Maiden; Metallica; Megadeth; Dream Theater
Favorite guitarists :
John Petrucci; Dave Murray; Joe Satriani; Marty Friedman; Jimi Hendrix; Saul Hudson; Jimmy Page
Favorite bassists :
Steve Harris; Cliff Burton; David Ellefson
Favorite books :
Freakonomics; The Godfather; Angels and Demons; The Da Vinci Code; L.A. Confidential; The Black Dahlia; Clear and Present Danger; The Hunt for Red October; Brave New World; Heart of Darkness; Musicophilia; Contact; The Old Man and the Sea; Fahrenheit 451; The Bourne [Whatever]
Favorite tv :
Mythbusters; Scrubs; Sex and the City
Favorite movies :
The Usual Suspects; American Beauty; Chinatown; Platoon; L.A. Confidential; The Boondock Saints; Saving Private Ryan; The Godfather; Goodfellas; Chariots of Fire; The Departed; The Last King of Scotland; Blood Diamond; Knocked Up; True Lies; Hoosiers; Moulin Rouge; Super Troopers; American Pie
My name is Susanna - call me Sue. A friend of mine made this account back in 2003 and then gave it over to me when I decided to join the UG and he decided that he wasted too much time on here. I don't recall how long ago that was, but the idea was that he had established BGC as a fairly respected member of the UG and there was no point in me going through the horrors of being a n00b. Thus, the Sue era of BGC began!
I was born in Pittsburgh and lived there until I was 11. Then we moved to Los Angeles and stayed there for a few years. When I was 15, we moved to Philadelphia, which is where my folks live and where I live when I'm home from school. I finished my undergrad in 2011.
I've been playing guitar since I was ten years old. Over the years, I've collected a Fender Telecaster, Strat-style Carvin, Martin acoustic, Fender acoustic, and a Taylor acoustic 12-string. All three acoustics are nice, but my Carvin blows away every other electric guitar I've played (and it makes everyone who plays it jealous).
I write a lot of music these days, kind of a blend of Iron Maiden and Dream Theater. My playing style is one of heavy, typically fast riffs (in standard tuning...always) and melodic solos ending with blistering fast climaxes. I also like harmonizing guitar lines, mixing distorted electric guitars with acoustic guitars, and odd time.
Aside from music, I like playing basketball, swimming, and skiing. Really, I'm a crazy sports fan and I follow the major sports pretty closely. I'm always a fan of a good game, but my allegiances are with Pittsburgh and L.A. I love the Steelers, Lakers, and USC Trojans; I never got into the Philly teams.
Get to know me. I'm almost exclusively around Musician Talk these days. I like teaching theory and seeing new guitarists learn and become better.